Passing the baton from Ross V. in Texas, yes this is the coach you saw on Facebook being loaded up to come here. <<<<<<< it’s here>>>>>> Man, that trucker was fast! Now THIS is the way to haul a GMC over the road……a drop tongue, heavy haulerThe puppy is hunkered down in the belly…low center of gravity tucked in tight You can see dropping the front of the trailer, the trailer tongue becomes the ramp……..yeah baby, this is the way I like to see a coach pull in. Not panting from it’s run on the Turnpike…. we have the coach just as Ross slapped it on the butt as it left Texas.
I can hear the question now……Heck, why didn’t he drive it……… Good question but think about it this way, if the primary use of your40 year old motorhome is for local use or an occasional long trip, subjecting a 40 year old machine to another 2000 miles of wear….I mean when you don’t really want to hurl you baby that much farther down the road to failure of some old part no one ever thought about.
let me give you a good one……unless signing a paper, I will never allow someone to leave our shop unless they and we know the age of your rear wheel bearings! Yes, Ross was the one selected by the fickled finger of fate to teach us that no matter WHAT an old wheel bearing looks like….we do not want an unknown bearing to stay in use. It was an expensive lesson for us…one that we got loud and clear. I cannot be responsible for your old wheel bearing….and use Timken bearings!
Anyway I’m happy that Ross understood we do our best and support our customers as much as we can…as an example, you will not leave our shop unless we all KNOW the age of your rear brake spring and hardware sets. One spring back there break and your brakes are not there!
Anyway, this is how you learn important things over the years. We will be doing exterior restoration work, Ross is opting now for the FiTech fuel injection system now before the fuel gets worst……going fuel injection today is not some badge of coolness you hang on your hat, no today it’s an adapter that allows our ole big block, red neck, high tolerance, low compression monster motors to work with the crap laced, dirty, cold fuels we have to use. Carbs can’t work with the fuels we are being made to use today. If you want to know more about this look around on our site of give me a call.
This will be a good project to follow as it passes through our process. Light years ahead of the way we used to do things, we’re able to do more work…better work…..in a quicker amount of time with the team effort we have. The coach will not go into process right away. This is our intake and getting things ready to go. Having the volume of work you’ve been watching us do on interior stuff, this project will first go over to our exterior line. We have the Airstream trailer just out of there with the gull wing wall Hey, did you see what we found when we dropped the belly pan on that puppy? Musta been a big critter with those nuggets over on the left! This is why I say if you have an ole Airstream or other beast with a belly pan….take it off, clean and undercoat the underside of the thing…….. Can you say “box car Willy” , you don’t need to bring your yard pets on vacation……..! See what I mean, we hadn’t planned to pull the belly pan yet…guess we will now! Hey no problem, just puts us another couple of hours behind the rest of our work…see that…that’s where our timing gets thrown out the window but what can we do?
All this time, I’ve had my head down in David’s coach trying to sort out his living electrical system The breaker box looks OK…but then the tentacles come out and other things look more ominous and what the heck is an automotive 30amp ATC fuse holder twistcapped onto a solid core AC power wire? Follow the wire and survey says it goes to an AC outlet in the generator compartment where that lampcodt multiplug comes back into the electrical compartment and was laying on the floor inside the compartment…look at the second pic in this thread on the floor of the compartment! That’s insane! That cannot stay!
pulled out this wiring and still everything will still work ! So I can see the question…Why did I take out that mondo..hi dollar pure sine wave inverter/converter combo from the system? I’d like to spend a little time explain this in that several of you may have one of these. Heck I installed them in the past and I know at least one coach in Georgia has one so I want to explain this carefully. Please read all of this before you make any decisions…….
oops, Jared pulled in…early again and we got talkin. Lemme go for my morning 16oz. Coke and bag of peanuts……it’s a southern delicacy . Lemme do that & I’ll come back for page 2….it’s a pretty important subject so we’ll see ya then…...
gary taber says
just found your website as a new owner of 74 26′ that is now a candidate to come to your shop……..have talked by phone to a couple other rehab sources but your setup and info is far and away my choice to invest my funds………the bearing and brake spring story convinced me to explore having it hauled to you vs the driving……….i am okla city and will be calling this week with questions……….i really like your hot rod answer vs i bought a motor home………..last week i met a local ghc owner since 1977…….he is 95 and his two sons have gmc, all 1977 models stored onder a super nice 3 sided metal bldg,,,,,,,concrete in all directions………..he called today to say yes i will consider selling mine and one of my sons will sell as well……….both coaches are originals 26′